Pub Company Antic London, have announced plans to open a pub at the old Catford Conservative Club site. This is good news considering Catford Bridge Tavern was sold to another pub chain and Antic will not be running it for much longer.
Antic put a lot of hard work into turning the tavern around, making it a nice friendly place to have a glass of wine and a decent plate of food. The pub closed briefly last year because the landlord wanted to turn it into a supermarket but the people of Catford and surrounding areas protested and the Council listened and denied planning permission.
The Tav (our nickname for it) went on to win a Pub of the Year Award earlier this year and for a moment things seemed to be looking up. Luckily for pub goers in Catford, Antic isn’t easily thwarted. They have secured the lease on the old Catford Conservative Club (on the Broadway) and from recent tweets the new pub will be called the Catford Constitutional Club and may be open before Christmas.
— Antic London (@Antic_London) September 20, 2013
Mmm. My friends and I will have to come up with a nickname for the new club.
Apparently the club buildings are the oldest in Catford. I found this interesting piece about the site on the South East London Campaign for Real Ale’s flickr site along with the picture.
The building consists of three parts, an old farmhouse from 1736, a Georgian addition to its side, and a more modern wing to its rear which latterly housed the club bar. Looking at the outside it seems unlikely that Antic will repair the farmhouse which is the largest part and clearly derelict.
Surprising what old stuff you can find when you dig around in Catford.